Girls hitting puberty as young as 7, but why? Is it bad?

A new study finds that girls are more likely to start developing breasts by age 7 or 8 today as opposed to a later age in the past, according to the journal Pediatrics.

Being overweight seemed to influence the early breast development. But researchers are also concerned about environmental causes for the earlier development.

From The New York Times:

“Our analysis shows clearly that the white participants entered puberty earlier than we anticipated,” said Dr. Frank M. Biro, the first author of the study and the director of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Overweight girls were more likely to have more breast development, the study showed. But Dr. Biro said he did not think weight was the whole story. He said it was possible that environmental chemicals were also playing a role, and added that he and his colleagues were now studying the girls’ hormone levels and lab tests measuring their exposures to various chemicals…”

Dr. Catherine Gordon, a pediatric endocrinologist and specialist in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston, said that breast development nor date of first menstruation has changed for white girls of normal weight.

The article went on to say:

“Dozens of studies have been published in the years since. Arguments continue, but many doctors accept the idea that heavier girls often develop earlier. And subsequent studies have also found that black and Hispanic girls mature earlier than whites, even when weight is taken into account. No one knows why. Though breasts may be sprouting earlier, the average age of first menstruation, between 12 and 13, has not really changed.

The AJC’s Gracie Bond Staples examined the trend in Georgia. Here is her report.

So why should we care if our daughters develop their breasts sooner?

Well according to scientists in the New York Times story there are multiple concerns.

The first concern is that the girls would be exposed to estrogen longer during their lives, which puts them at a higher risk for cancer.

The second concern is whether 7 or 8 year olds are ready to deal with the changes to the body and their minds that hormones bring — such as sexual feelings or even PMS-type stuff.

The third concern is emotionally are these 7 and 8 year old ready to deal with the attention that breasts bring. (How sad we have to worry about 7 or 8 year olds being harassed if they have breast buds!)

The fourth concern is if there is something environmentally causing it, scientists need to figure out what it is to stop it.

In a related story, the official Chinese Daily newspaper is reporting that Chinese babies are developing breasts and are found to have estrogen levels as high as in adult women. However, they think they know from where that estrogen is coming.

From The Huffington Post:

“According to the official Chinese Daily newspaper, medical tests performed on the babies found levels of estrogens circulating in their bloodstreams that are as high as those found in most adult women. These babies are between four and 15 months old. And the evidence is overwhelming that the milk formula they have been fed is responsible.”

“Synutra, the company that makes the baby formula consumed by these babies, says it’s not their fault. They insist that “no man-made hormones or any illegal substances were added during the production of the milk powder.”

“Then what is the source of the hormones? A Chinese dairy association says the hormones could have entered the food chain when farmers reared the cows.”

So, here are the questions:

1. What do you think of the first story about girls, overweight ones especially, beginning breast development at ages 7 or 8?

2. What have you seen with your own daughters or their friends?

3. When did you start to develop? Do you think your daughter’s development has mirrored your own? (I think at least with menstrual cycles it’s supposed to be about the same.

4. What do you make of the fact that African-American and Hispanic girls tend to develop earlier than white girls?

5. How concerned about you about the side effects of the early breast development?

6. What do you make of the Chinese babies developing breasts??? (Talk about being exposed to estrogen for a long time!)

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Cammi317

August 12th, 2010
4:28 am

OMG! I could not have imagined my daughter starting her menses at 7! She is 12 1/2 now and I am still concerned for when she starts. I was 13 as was my mother, so I imagine she will within the next 6 months or so. I know of at least two adults, one in her early 30’s (black) and one in her early 40’s (white) who both said they started in 3rd grade! Ironically one grew up in the islands and the other on a farm, so I do not think that theirs was food related back then but who knows. I thought that was crazy, but this is worse. I definitely think a lot of it today has to do with hormones in the meats and all of this processed food. We try to eat a lot of organic, but my child is still a giant….5′8″ and a size 13 shoe! She has always been a big girl and she was a strictly breastfed baby, so I can’t blame formula either.

Now that I think about it, there was one girl growing up who was overly developed way back in the 1st grade. Obviously the boys spent a lot of time bringing attention to this, but she was the exception rather than the rule. Scary stuff for sure.

deidre_NC

August 12th, 2010
7:53 am

my youngest daughter started getting breast (little buds) at 9 and her period started at !! i hated for my baby to go thru that so young….i started at 13..but had breast development at 12…i thought 10 was way too young i would freak if she had started at 7!!! i think its sad…kids that age having to deal with all that goes along with development!! my daughter did go thru her horrible teen attitude at a very early age…drove me nuts!! but once she turned 14ish she was back to normal pretty much. she is and always has been more mature for her age than her friends….she skipped a grade and was around older kids…even hung out with kids 2-3 years older and held her own with them maturity wide. she says it feels weird to say shes 18 because she feels so much older. and she acts it. ive heard for years that the hormones put into processed food is one cause of this, who knows. she hated having her period so early…she really wasnt ready for all that!

deidre_NC

August 12th, 2010
7:54 am

also-she was breastfed until the age of 2-so no formula to blame..and for her first 5-6 years most of the food we ate including meat was grown and raised by us or her dads family….so who knows.

motherjanegoose

August 12th, 2010
8:01 am

Wow…glad we did not have to cross this bridge. My daughter was 12 and I was 13. She was breastfed, as was her brother. I do not know enough about this to make a reliable comment, so I will just read and learn from others.

motherjanegoose

August 12th, 2010
8:05 am

Oh wow…it was a long day yesterday at UGA. I got in late and just wanted to thank Jeff for his kind post in the a.m. SALLY, for her post last night and DB for her e-mail to me.

Have a good day all!

TechMom

August 12th, 2010
8:14 am

This topic actually came up with a friend who has a 2 1/2 year old daughter and will only buy certain organic milk because she’s concerned that the hormones given to cows to produce more milk will contribute to her daughter going through puberty early.I’m not really sure how true that is or if there is scientific proof but I don’t blame her for being concerned.

RJ

August 12th, 2010
8:32 am

Wrote a response and my computer did something funny and it’s gone…don’t know if it will post or not. I’ll try again.

I agree with earlier posts that the food we eat has added hormones which may be affecting how our children are developing. Kids are definitely developing at a much faster pace than when I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s. My daughter’s best friend was a DD in the 9th grade and was already 5′10″. These girls tend to be well developed by the time they’re in the 8th grade. This is why I have to have many conversations regarding appropriate dress at such young ages.

My daughter started her cycle at 11, just as I did. We both also had hips by the time we were 12. Neither one of us have very large breasts, but she has always been embarrased by having a curvy body. It’s brought unwanted attention at an early age. Neither one of us were overweight, just developed a curvy figure before most girls did. I’m sure my mother was the same way but she never talked about those sorts of things with me.

I don’t think it’s an issue that black girls and latino girls develop breasts earlier than white girls. Every ethnicity has some trait specific to their race. It’s no different than being more likely to develop cancer, hypertension, diabetes, etc. We all have differences within our races.

Cammi317

August 12th, 2010
8:56 am

RJ, I hear you on that appropriate dress thing. All this week as I am driving my daughter to school I have been seeing these middle school girls waiting on the school buses and wondering “What the He** was her parents thinking when they purchased those clothes for school?” Some of these girls are walking around looking like little street walkers.

Lynn

August 12th, 2010
9:08 am

My daughter started her period at 9. We started the pediatrician’s visit at 7 concerned about the early development. My daughter has always been small so weight wasn’t a factor. It was so hard for her. When she started her period, she told me she was tired of this and could I just please do something to fix this. The American Girl book was a big help.

Mother of 2 boys

August 12th, 2010
9:16 am

I started my period when I was 10 — I was the first person I knew (including my sister who is 2 1/2 years older than me) to start, so it was a big deal. I was always very thin and small as a child so weight did not have anything to do with my early start. My parents also cooked very healthy foods when I was growing up and I doubt I was exposed to hormones through my food. Who knows – one interesting thing I was told is that your adult height is related to your height when you hit puberty.

motherjanegoose

August 12th, 2010
9:16 am

@ Cammi317…if you think middle school is bad, you should see HS and college ( when the boys hormones have caught up)! I am thankful that my daughter is a very conservative dresser, of her own choice. She has a great figure but does not flaunt it and has never even worn a bikini…though she could.

If these same parents let their kids out in these clothes, can we count on them to have a frank discussion with what actually happens when you are drawing attention ( from the opposite sex) to your developed body?

I doubt it.

JATL

August 12th, 2010
9:31 am

I would love to see some studies about if boys are hitting puberty earlier as well. That could cause some real nightmares! I don’t have to worry about this in my own house because I don’t have girls, but I worry for my Goddaughter and the effect it could have on society. I’ve also read reports about chemicals in plastics spurring early estrogen production, so that could certainly be a culprit. Think of all the plastics girls are exposed to! Toys, eating utensils, food containers -the list is long. I started my period at 12, and I remember most girls starting between 11 and 14. One girl started at 9, and that was really weird. The thought of a 7 year old getting boobs and starting her period is just sad to me!

@Cammi317 and MGJ -don’t even get me started on the slut wear! Good lord I cannot believe the stupidity of some parents and the clothes they let their kids wear. And it goes for boys too -if you think I would let one of my sons dress in ridiculously large pants that he held up by grabbing his package and showing off his underwear and butt -NO! GREAT story from an incident a good friend witnessed on Marta a few years ago:

Parents got on at the airport with girls roughly 13 and 15. Family looked very upper middle class -white -and looked like they were most likely headed back to suburbia after a trip. The girls had on extremely short shorts and body hugging tanks. The shorts were the ones that say “JUICY” across their butts. At the next stop two guys who looked totally “gangsta” got on, and my friend said the dad automatically tensed up just watching them get on. Well, they started making comments about wanting some of that “Juicy a**.” Eventually the dad told them those were his daughters and they needed to stop the comments, and one of them said to him, “Well, why you lettin’ ‘em flaunt it if you don’t want me to comment on it?” I probably would have cheered had I been on the train! No, it wasn’t appropriate for the guys to be saying things, but what an EXCELLENT point!

One of each

August 12th, 2010
9:35 am

I agree that girls are hitting puberty at a much earlier age than when I was growing up. Environmental factors have to be a factor. However, why is it that most of the boys seem to be on track or going through growth spurts and puberty later on average?

I have a 10 yr old girl and a 13 yr old boy, and the scenario I stated above applies to me and MANY of my kids friends as well!

luck

August 12th, 2010
9:36 am

When i was in middle school, there were 3 girls with large breasts. They were the 3 most popular girls in school.

I am now 34 and I recently looked up the 3 girls on a social network to see them. 1 is FAT, 1 looks very old, and the other held up well.

The bad part of developing boobs and other curves early is that you will also age earlier.

Same thing with boys and beards. The kid who could grow a mustache at 12, is the bald guy at 30.

And of course its the food and pollution with these girls.

Fred Jakobcic

August 12th, 2010
9:46 am

I just finished reading THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO-Pollution, Corruption, and the Cost Of OUr Food Supply, Marie-Monique Robin. It is a very disturbing book. Monsanto is responsbile for rBGH, used to increase milk productivity in cows. I have no doubt that what is happening to young girls can well stem from the effort to increase profits, by increasing production, no matter the consequences of which Monsanto think lightly of and hides from the public. Read this book.

JATL

August 12th, 2010
9:51 am

TWG -my comment isn’t posting. Please don’t tell me it’s because I used the term “sl_t.” Are we in kindergarten?

Sherrie

August 12th, 2010
9:57 am

I am seeing girls younger and younger in my store needing bras at a younger age. Not training bras but real cup sizes. I am fitting 12 and 13 year olds 32 and 34 bands in b and c cups. They are not what I would consider overweight. They just are healthy fit young ladies that are developing earlier than I remember as a teenager. I have girls in 8th grade and up in DD, E and F cups. Not a scientific observation but 6 years in Gwinnett fitting bras you tend to notice trends.

cd

August 12th, 2010
10:05 am

I started wearing a bra in third grade, and just like my mom, I got my period in fifth grade (10 years old). I’ll state that I’m white and non-Hispanic, since that seems to be a factor.

I am concerned about hormones in our foods. My son is two years old. I breastfed (no formula at all) until he turned one, and he’s been on organic milk (just like my husband and me) since then. I buy him only organic yogurt, and I try to buy organic produce on the “dirty dozen” list. We eat little meat, and I try to buy the hormone-free meats when we do (which is why we don’t eat meat every day). I think studies are beginning to show (and this formula example shows an extreme case) how hormones in our food ARE contributing to unnatural changes in our bodies.

A close friend of mine teaches fourth grade. With each passing year, she sees more and more of her students starting their periods. 5-7 years ago, she usually wouldn’t see any start. Last year, I think 1/2+ of her female students were menstrating by the end of the school year.

1sus

August 12th, 2010
11:04 am

This is often a discussion among other “mom” friends and I. Don’t know what te answer is. Just thankful that my 9 year old daughter doesn’t show any signs of early development. Of course, I didn’t even hit 5 feet tall and 100 lbs until my freshman year in HS and didn’t start my period until I was 15! Hoping daughter follows this trend.

DB

August 12th, 2010
11:19 am

I was a bit of a late bloomer — didn’t start my period until 13, and no boobs to speak of until then — very frustrating! Happily, I had caught up (and passed!) most of the crowd by the time I was 16 :-)

My daughter had her first period two months before her 11th birthday. She was fine with it. That American Girl Book, “The Care and Feeding of YOU” is a great age-appropriate, no-nonsense book for young girls, and I heartily recommend it.

I had read somewhere that the hormones that are given to cows to encourage milk production may be triggering the early-onset of menses in young girls. If that’s the case, there may be something to it, as I was a big milk pusher as they were growing up. Wonder what the effects are on boys?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 12th, 2010
11:41 am

JATL — I’ll look for it — I don’t think it’s because of slut because I used it the other day in my reunion story — let me fish it out.

CD — i was like you — I got a bra in third grade cause I wanted one — but probably didn’t actually need until fourth or fifth –I started at 11 in sixth grade — Rosie is fourth grade this year and I’m starting to see a little something through T-shirts — trying to get less fitted T-shirts — hate to make her start wearing a bra it’s soo hot. last year a lot of the girls were wearing little camis but that’s also hot — her teacher introduced the topic really well last year to the girls saying — we need to be modest in what we wear, we start to develop in third and fourth and we want to be modest. I thought that was really nice way to say it.

RJ

August 12th, 2010
12:12 pm

“The bad part of developing boobs and other curves early is that you will also age earlier.”

I have to disagree with that one. I didn’t age any earlier than anyone else. But…I went to my reunion and several “skinny” girls are now bigger than I am. Your genes play a larger role than anything else, not how quickly you develop.

Photius

August 12th, 2010
12:41 pm

I am concerned it might be our entire food system. Up until 75 years ago the human race for 100,000 years ate relatively the same food, mostly fresh, home grown. Insert science into our food chain with all the stuff we don’t know what it is and there will be an effect. Science now can grow a cow must faster than they ever could for slaughter and KFC can generate a chicken with very large breasts for consumption; more evidence of genetically altering our food source which we allow our children and ourselves to eat for decades. Throw in all the artificial snacks, drinks etc and for me it is logical to conclude the problem rests within our genetically altered food chain. Little girls should not be entering puberty so young… it’s sad.

David S

August 12th, 2010
12:56 pm

Weight is one thing for sure (government subsidizes virtually every processed food in this country – big surprise), but also look at the hormones that virtually all meat is loaded with, the growth hormone that the dairy industry has been using to stimulate milk production for two decades now (wow, that certainly doesn’t sound related!), the untested chemical BPA that is used in virtually every plastic product and to line virtually every can of food produced (it mimicks human estrogen in its action in the body), the massive proliferation of pharmceutical wastes in our waste water (both from humans excreting it and drug companies and hospitals dumping their waste), and so much more. Every one of us is literally bombarded by chemical waste that should be considered as illegal pollution of the food and water supply, but is allowed by folks like the EPA, the FDA, and the other worthless government “regulatory” agencies we all pay so many billions of dollars for.

Meanwhile, those of us who have been pointing out these realities and working to get pollution laws enforced have been called “anti-business” and crackpots. The truth will always come out. Its just a matter of how long you wish to wait, and how much pain you wish to endure from hiding from it.

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penguinmom

August 12th, 2010
1:08 pm

My daughter is 10 and has been showing some signs for a couple of years. My main concern is the article mentioned that early puberty can lead to ‘premature cessation of growth’ so the girls end up shorter than they might have been otherwise. I’m glad my daughter is already almost 5 feet tall so at least I know she should be taller than me even if she does start soon. I’m just sad for her that she’ll have to deal with it at an earlier age than me. I was in high school so it was no big deal.

First time poster

August 12th, 2010
1:47 pm

I was 13, as were both my sisters and my mom. My own daughter was 1 month shy of 11 – similar to her paternal grandmother who was 9. I think there have always been outliers who started young, but it seems the younger age is more the “norm” then not.

MomOf2Girls

August 12th, 2010
1:50 pm

My older daughter has been on growth hormone for several years, so she’s followed very closely by an endocrinologist. One thing they pay very close attention to is signs of puberty because of its relation to growth. The doctor told me that girls grow an average of 2-3 inches following their first period.

lwa

August 12th, 2010
2:11 pm

@JATL. – I am still laughing at the story….

My 10 y.o. is 5′2″ I am make sure that everything be buy in the jr. section is age appropriate. She doesn’t need any extra attention .

motherjanegoose

August 12th, 2010
2:17 pm

JATL…if I have not had this discussion once, I have had it 100 times ( with teachers)

WHAT IS UP WITH SOME OF THESE PARENTS…like those on the subway ( I presume).

I know good parents can have difficult kids but we have been VERY blessed here.

Never, have I felt that either of mine were wearing something too revealing or wrong. They know the expectations and were mostly fine with it. More in the lines of:

“No, you are not wearing a t-shirt or flip flops to church…”

Guess we were lucky!

SnellvilleMom

August 12th, 2010
2:20 pm

I first read about this when my 10 year old daughter was an infant and the initial theory (with no scientific evidence or research) was the hormones being given to chickens (larger chicken breasts) and cows (earlier milk production). I immediately switched to soy formula and she has been drinking soy milk ever since. Many of her friends have started wearing training bras over the last couple years and she keeps asking me when she will need one. I’m hoping that our proactive stance will result in that first purchase coming during the tween years and not any earlier!

Fred, Photius, and David...

August 12th, 2010
2:49 pm

…turn in your man cards, right now. It is one thing to read this blog, yet entirely wussy to comment on a topic like this that is STRICTLY mom related!

And why do you call them “training” bras? What are you teaching them to do?

PW

August 12th, 2010
3:15 pm

Driving home from work the other day I saw the girls at a middle school and almost wrecked my car. WTH are parents thinking when they let 10 and 11 year old girls walk around looking like hookers? Of course there was a line of boys leering at them and the realization hit me that these babies had no idea how to handle this “attention”. Sad but explains why we have girls as young as 11 at Grady giving birth.

nyscof

August 12th, 2010
3:25 pm

Fluoride Could be Contributing to Early Puberty, Studies Show

“If fluoride’s dangers had not been taken off the scientific radar screen by the US Public Health Service when it prematurely endorsed fluoridation in 1950, maybe key warning signals would not have been ignored for over 50 years,” says Paul Connett PhD, Executive Director, Fluoride Action Network.

In 1956 it was reported, after one of the first fluoridation trials (1945-55) had been completed in Newburgh/Kingston NY, that young girls were starting to menstruate on average five months earlier in fluoridated Newburgh compared to non-fluoridated Kingston (2). This result was ignored and there was no follow-up research.

In 1997, Dr. Jennifer Luke in the UK, as part of her PhD thesis (3), reported that fluoride accumulates in the human pineal gland. The pineal gland produces the important hormone melatonin which acts like a biological clock. One of the processes it is thought to control is the onset of puberty. Luke published this work in 2001 but the result has been ignored and no fluoridating country has attempted to repeat her findings, something which would be easy to do if there was the will to do so.

Luke also found that animals exposed to fluoride had lowered melatonin levels and showed signs of reaching puberty earlier. Again this result has been ignored and no fluoridating government has attempted to repeat Luke’s work.

Connett says, “We are not saying that exposure to fluoride is a definite cause of early puberty in girls, but not pursuing this possibility is bad for science, bad for medicine and bad for public health.”

Simply put: if you don’t look, you don’t find. The medical community is being kept in the dark on the possibility that fluoride, a highly toxic substance, which is deliberately added to the drinking water of 184 million Americans daily, is causing a variety of harms from the subtle to the serious.

Bikerchick

August 12th, 2010
3:30 pm

http://www.menstruation.com.au/contributors/withoutdad.html

Another theory is that the presence of a non-biologically related adult male in the home can trigger earlier puberty in girls. Click on the link above for the story regarding the landmark study that looked at American families. Not saying this is the only reason, but it certainly could contribute to the problem. I also think plastics are a huge contributing factor. It has been shown that BPA’s which are present in canned food liners, drink containers and food storage containers, mimic estrogen in the body. Pregnant mothers can pass this “faux estrogen” through the placenta during gestation and it effects not only female fetuses, but also male fetuses, contributing to smaller male sexual organs and lower sperm counts which is being noted world-wide.

Hormones in meat and milk, BPA’s, the lower rates of intact families, all could be contributing factors. Personally, I also think that the constant stream of sexual imagery and constant talk about sex on television also acts as a stimulus to speed up puberty. Our “anything goes” society is having real ramifications on our innocent children. We need to wake up and pay attention.

motherjanegoose

August 12th, 2010
3:34 pm

@ PW…the problem is that many parents do not think…

Training Bras have been around for ages. Oldies like me know the term well.
To me, it is training yourself to wear the most uncomfortable under garment you will ever wear….for the rest of your life…anyone else?

kimmer

August 12th, 2010
4:02 pm

Concerns about hormones in food are not supported by science for a couple of reasons. First of all hormones don’t work that way. They might stimulate milk or muscle development but they don’t necessarily do that by being deposited in that tissue. For example it has been proven over and over that cows fed hormones to boost milk production DO NOT have the hormone in the milk. It can’t hurt you if it isn’t there and it isn’t there. Secondly, we are talking about growth hormones here not sex hormones. There is a big difference. Sex hormones are required to produce secondary sexual characteristics not growth hormones.

The problem is not with the food supply except for eating too much of it. I also agree with the above person that the constant bombardment of sexual stimulation in our culture today may also play a role.

ssidawg

August 12th, 2010
4:13 pm

I think it’s sad that little girls aren’t able to stay little girls very long. Doesn’t seem to be as big as issue for boys. I just want little kids to stay “young” as long as possible before they have to start worryings about bras and periods.

haldog

August 12th, 2010
4:25 pm

There’s a long article about this topic here
http://moreintelligentlife.com/content/ideas/fiona-neill/puberty-blues
that discusses the research in more depth. Researchers do not believe obesity is the only explanation. The current focus is on various chemicals and hormones that children are exposed to. A recent European study finds that the age of puberty for boys has started to drop, too.

James

August 12th, 2010
4:57 pm

1) This article doesn’t talk at all about girls beginning menstruation earlier at all so I don’t know where people are jumping to that conclusion at all.

2) Reading the NY Times article doesn’t lead me to believe that girls are growing breasts earlier at all but that rather “girls begin growing breasts earlier than previously thought.”

lisaw

August 12th, 2010
5:16 pm

Everyone needs to stop freaking out. I have 2 daughters one is 14 and a big time ballarina, that just started not even a year ago. Now I have a 10 year old not as active that started 2 weeks ago!! I don’t blame it on food or formula since they were so different. I think activity has something to do with it. Not weight. The most important thing is to make sure you discuss this with your daughter ahead of time!!!! Letting this happen to them and they don’t know what it is could be VERY frightning! I know some girls who’s moms where to old fashioned to do and the girls will never forget that experience. So moms talk to your girls!!! I had just talked to my 10 year old 2 weeks prior her getting it. Whew! just made it. Only becausehe was showing no symptoms. I just had a feeling to do so.

blackie

August 12th, 2010
5:32 pm

All the women in Atlanta that are on estrogen pills is the problem, what goes in the body must come out. Estrogen is found in soil, ground water, streams, lakes and our municipal drinking water. Yes soil a test done on soil at a city park with a restroom next a sand playground tested positive for many female hormone drugs, I guess the men are not the only ones who miss.

catlady

August 12th, 2010
5:54 pm

I have had to explain to several terrified 4th and 5th graders that they weren’t dying when they found “blood coming from my privates.” Not fun. Even more challenging was explaining it IN SPANISH to a girl who had only been in the US for a couple of months. Four years of high school Spanish did NOT prepare me for that! Then I had to call the mom and tell her what was going on!

RH

August 12th, 2010
6:23 pm

“Doesn’t seem to be as big as issue for boys.”

Yet boys seem to be beginning puberty “on time”, why not earlier like girls?

catlady

August 12th, 2010
6:54 pm

RH–My observation, totally anecdotal, is that boys are beginning earlier as well. I have noticed earlier development of facial hair and increased leg hair in many of our 5th graders. I am unaware of other body changes, of course.

Is testosterone fed to cows or pigs or chickens to bulk them up?